Decay over 24 hours
|Isotope mass||18.0009380(6) u|
|Excess energy||873.431± 0.593 keV|
|Binding energy||137369.199± 0.593 keV|
|Decay mode||Decay energy (MeV)|
|Positron emission (97%)||0.6335|
|Electron capture (3%)||1.6555|
|Complete table of nuclides|
Fluorine-18 (18F) is a fluorine radioisotope which is an important source of positrons. It has a mass of 18.0009380(6) u and its half-life is 109.771(20) minutes. It decays by positron emission 97% of the time and electron capture 3% of the time. Both modes of decay yield stable oxygen-18.
In the radiopharmaceutical industry, F-18 is made using either a cyclotron or linear particle accelerator to bombard a target, usually of pure or enriched oxygen-18-water  with high energy protons (typically ~18 MeV protons). The fluorine produced is in the form of a water solution of F-18 fluoride, which is then used in a rapid chemical synthesis of the radiopharmaceutical. The organic O-18 pharmaceutical molecule is not made before the production of the radiopharmaceutical, as high energy protons destroy such molecules. Radiopharmaceuticals using fluorine must therefore be synthesized after the F-18 has been produced.
Fluorine-18 is often substituted for a hydroxyl group in a radiotracer parent molecule, due to similar steric and electrostatic properties. This may however be problematic in certain applications due to possible changes in the molecule polarity.
Fluorine-18 is one of the oldest tracers used in positron emission tomography (PET), having been in use since the 1960s. Its significance is due to both its short half-life and the emission of high energy positrons (511-keV) when decaying.
Tracers include sodium fluoride which can be useful for skeletal imaging as it displays high and rapid bone uptake accompanied by very rapid blood clearance, which results in a high bone-to-background ratio in a short time and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), where the 18F substitutes a hydroxyl. New dioxaborolane chemistry enables radioactive fluoride (18F) labeling of antibodies, which allows for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of cancer.
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